We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Improve this listing
Redo Search in Map
See more attractions in your map view
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: No.2 Dongbiaobei Hutong, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100005, China
Phone Number: 010-65242202
Website
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: Eight huge astronomical instruments are displayed on an elevated platform...
Eight huge astronomical instruments are displayed on an elevated platform at this observatory, which was used during the Ming and Qing dynasties, and is one of the oldest observatories in the world.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 38 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 14
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Museum presents a history of Astronomy in China

The museum is easy to reach, being very close to the Jianguomen stop on the metro. There is good signage in Chinese and English explaining the collection of instruments for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 9, 2015
Mel D
,
Sydney

Similar Things to Do in Beijing

Add Photo Write a Review

38 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Chelsea, Michigan
Level Contributor
73 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

This is on a corner dead center between two subway stops so you will need to walk to get there. There also many steps to get into the tower with most of the equipment. I didn't see an elevator. There is equipment on the ground level there are a very halls to tour also.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Nashville, Tennessee
Level Contributor
99 reviews
92 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

It seems not many foreign visitors to Beijing visit the Ancient Observatory, but don't miss out. If you have any interest in astronomy, history, or just amazing craftsmanship then definitely include it in your itinerary. This is one of the oldest observatories in the world and one of only two left that are still intact originals in China. There is... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sydney
Level Contributor
33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

The museum is easy to reach, being very close to the Jianguomen stop on the metro. There is good signage in Chinese and English explaining the collection of instruments for measuring astronomical data. The observatory was set up a hundred years before the birth of Galileo so was not concerned with imaging the heavens, but measuring star and planet positions... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Bangkok, Thailand
Level Contributor
876 reviews
367 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 513 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

I've been by the Ancient Observatory dozens of times, as I usually stay in Beijing at a hotel nearby. The museum itself is small, but interesting, especially for astronomy geeks. There are never many people there, so a good place to go if you're interested and want an uncrowded place to visit.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Beijing
Level Contributor
29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Interesting small place. The courtyard and view point are interesting. The exhibition are nice, mostly in Chinese. Nice if you are in the neighberhood

Was this review helpful? Yes
Langfang, China
Level Contributor
29 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

This is an amazing find. It was near my hotel so I decided to check it out and it was well worth it. It is very small but it does not get crowded. I maybe saw four other people while I was there. Plenty of signs in English help you to understand China's role in astronomy. Plus they have some... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
waje
Level Contributor
26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

A very quiet and informative corner of a very hectic section of a very large, hectic city. The large platform not only has many old astronomical devices but it commands a panoramic view of the city. There's even a garden below with various devices and statues among the flowers. Not everyone's cup of tea, but I found it relaxing and... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Seattle, Washington, United States
Level Contributor
10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

This was one of my favorite stops in Beijing, probably because it was the quietest place I found in the city. Though the ancient tools are maintained, the buildings and displays have not been updated for decades. Still the courtyard and rooftop were like little sanctuaries in the city with a glimpse of both the ancient and more modern past... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Canberra
Level Contributor
11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Definitely off the beaten path, it was fascinating to see ancient astronomical equipment at the top of this old building near the centre of Beijing. A must-visit for anyone interested in science history or astronomy, or to see something genuinely different. You'll probably spend 45 - 60 minutes here.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Rio Linda, California
Level Contributor
22 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The Ancient Observatory is a museum showcasing China's development in astronomy. Most of the advances were made as a result of western influence, particularly Jesuit missionary sharing of western technology. However, the Chinese put their own spin on them. This site is very easy to get to since it is only about three blocks from the Beijing Railway station and... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2

Travelers who viewed Ancient Observatory (Guguanxiangtai) also viewed

 

Been to Ancient Observatory (Guguanxiangtai)? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Ancient Observatory (Guguanxiangtai)

Address: No.2 Dongbiaobei Hutong, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100005, China
Phone Number: 010-65242202
Location: Asia  >  China  >  Beijing Region  >  Beijing

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Ancient Observatory (Guguanxiangtai) staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?